Sheree Roberts’ paintings are developed from sketchings. Creating art is an addiction that combines both simplicity and spontaneity, the results of which can be seen in her upcoming exhibition at Gallery 126.
>Tell us about your upcoming exhibition?
Apart from the vacancy at Gallery 126 in November, I was considering another exhibition to prove to myself I can do it. The first public display of my work was at Gallery 126, and was an experience I shared with two other artists and colleagues.
This time I am on my own, and I am feeling nervous, apprehensive and elated. Creating art is an adventure, and without art we would die of boredom!
My art (which will be exhibited) is mixed media painting, and although I trained as a non-figurative painter, I am creating quite figurative work with very naturalistic, atmospheric qualities.
> Describe the creative process you follow?
I listen to TV in the evenings, but as I do I draw, scribble and play with media. When travelling, I draw flashes of the landscape. I observe and draw objects from my world.
I remember stories, colours and places. I do not work from photographs. My bigger works are challenging – I need to cover the pristine white paper with colour and scribble before I start exploring and discovering the picture.
The paintings develop from a sketch, memory or idea, then just happen, with lots of hard work, and then develop into a narrative of emotional representation.
> How do you achieve the perfect picture?
For me, the perfect picture must be alive – it needs energy, balance and expression of the human force. My paintings never reach perfection. For me, perfection doesn’t exist except in nature, but I do try to achieve perfection through colour, shape, light and balance. My quick sketches are more perfect. They are delightful in their unpretentious freedom and honesty.
My larger works appear to me overworked, serious and uptight, just like adults adjusting to the rules of life. Meaning in artwork helps with perfection, but only if the artist allows the audience freedom of personal interpretation. Perfection is to paint the essence of things.
> What do you aspire to?
I would love to accomplish perfection in my work, and to become famous, rich and young again. And would you believe, I just want to keep painting. I want to paint on a larger scale, to achieve simplicity and spontaneity in my work and then go back to non-figurative painting again.
Creating art is a surprise for me; it just happened, and now it is like an addiction – I cannot stop. It was a great shock when people liked and purchased my work. I think I need to let my art follow a natural course of growing and ripening slowly.
> Do you have a favourite painter?
It is so easy to say ‘Turner’ is my favourite artist – a print of his work was hanging in my home as a child, and it was the only piece of ‘art’ I had to look at in wonder. But after 30 years teaching, every artist is my favourite – from the primitive to the postmodern. Every expressive art form is my favourite – drawing, painting sculpture, painting, and photography.
But the magic of art really begins with children’s art – the easy gestural scribble, the wondrous representations of people and place. The total lack of conforming to adult rules is the best art, with its energy, spontaneity and humour.
> What is the source of your inspiration?
There is always a figure, landscape or an interior in my work, but what else happens in this space seems to be nearly subconscious. The dogs are always there, because my dogs are always around me. I hear the crow but rarely see it. The flowers come and go when finances allow. The boat is a memory of time passed in an old family snapshot.
One figurative work, ‘Remembering Blanche’, happened automatically after hearing a story about my eccentric great grandmother, who was never ever spoken of. Time, memory and mystery is a lifetime of content.
>Thank you Sheree.